The following recommendations were made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding Hepatitis B:
These groups are recommended for hepatitis B vaccination:
Sex partners of HBsAg-positive persons
Sexually active persons who are not in long-term, mutually monogamous relationships
Persons seeking evaluation or treatment for an STD
Persons found to be anti-HBc positive should be tested for HBsAg. HBsAg testing may be performed on the same specimen collected for anti-HBc testing. If the HBsAg test result is positive, the person should receive appropriate management.
Men who have sex with men (MSM)
Current or recent illegal injection drug users
Household contacts of HBsAg-positive persons
Residents and staff of facilities for developmentally challenged persons
Healthcare and public safety workers with reasonably anticipated risk for exposure to blood or blood-contaminated body fluids
Persons with end-stage renal disease, including predialysis, hemo-, peritoneal-, and home-dialysis patients
International travelers to regions with intermediate or high levels of HBV infection
(Visit cdc.gov for countries with intermediate or high levels of HBV infection)
Persons with chronic liver disease
Persons with HIV infection
All other persons who wish to be protected from HBV infection
If you have questions about the Hepatitis B vaccine, consult your doctor before vaccination.
For more information about the vaccination process, including side effects, download the Vaccine Information Sheet here.